UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming | 3/12/2019 | Staff
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Britain's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has banned all Boeing 737 Max flights in UK airspace after a second fatal crash of the type near Addis Ababa in Ethiopia last Sunday, that killed all 157 people on board.

Meanwhile, Boeing has promised to issue a software update for an under-fire part of the 737 Max flight control suite.

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Since last weekend's fatal accident, a bunch of countries including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, France and Germany have suspended airliners from flying the 737 Max in their territories.

A CAA spokesman said: "As we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace."

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The Register understands that all three Max sub-models – the Max 7, Max 8 and Max 9 – are affected.

The first 737 Max incident was Lion Air flight 610, which crashed 12 minutes after taking off on a scheduled flight from Jakarta on 29 October, killing 189 people. Investigators concentrated their efforts on the jet's Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, which appeared to repeatedly force the airliner's nose down before its final, fatal dive.

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The CAA confirmed to The Register that its ban means flights which are currently airborne will be able to enter UK airspace and land at their destination as planned, but will not be able to take off again. At the time of writing, the ban appeared to affect four 737 Max 8s heading for British airports; two from Turkish Airlines and two from TUI Airways (née Thomson).

Both of the Turkish aircraft turned around and began heading home as this article was being written. The CAA ban document (PDF) states that UK-registered 737 Maxes "must not be flown anywhere" while foreign-registered 737 Maxes "must not...
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